The Simcoe’s Gentry project was begun in 1997 by volunteer Diana Park (1926-2001) and a group of researchers. They combed through Crown Land and Land Registry records, books and periodicals, estate files of the grantees and their descendants, manuscripts held by Toronto archives and libraries, and walked the streets where these lots were first surveyed, photographing and documenting links to the past. Project files for each of the 41 lots were created and volunteer authors began the task of compiling the stories of these properties.
When Diana passed away in 2001, the project was picked up by Jane MacNamara who continued as project coordinator. It was decided to make this a web-based document, permitting additional articles to be added as they are created as well as for more efficient updating of existing documentation as new information is unearthed.
We are excited about the possibility that you, our readers, will come forward with new clues about these lots, and we welcome contact from anyone who has information for the site or story ideas for the blog. We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the research process is here.